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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Mission and Learning Outcomes

The Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Program faculty are committed to helping students develop the practitioner-scholar expertise, professional dispositions, and leadership skills required to become multiculturally-competent counselors who will provide a wide range of evidence-based counseling services and interventions to clients in the global communities of the 21st century.

The program’s mission is immeasurably enriched by students with diverse experiences. For faculty and students to be leaders within and beyond our counseling program, we must ensure that we consider the diversity and intersectionality of all who comprise our communities and foster a climate in which those diverse influences are respected and valued. Aspects of diversity include, but are not limited to, race, ethnicity, color, nationality, gender identity, gender expression, affectional orientation, social class, religion, age, dis/Ability, and veteran status. The faculty is dedicated to the recruitment, retention, and training of diverse professionals.

The faculty seeks to fulfill this mission by creating a student-centered educational experience guided by five values integrated into the development of each graduate:


Venn Diagram with Clinical Mental Health Counseling program values: clinical experience, practitioner-scholar approach, wellness and resiliency orientation, multicultural competence and social justice advocacy, and engagement in professional organizations


At the successful completion of the program, students can expect to have gained the clinical knowledge, skills, functions, beliefs, and characteristics of effective counseling. Upon completion of the program students will demonstrate competency in the following broad learning objectives:

Objective Learning Experience

1. Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethical Practice – Demonstrate an understanding of the counseling profession, develop an identity as a counselor, and demonstrate a willingness to provide counseling services within the ethical guidelines of the counseling profession.

COUN600 Foundations & Ethics of Professional Counseling                                                                                                                                                    
 2. Social and Cultural Diversity – Develop an awareness of, and an appreciation for, social and cultural influences on human behavior and recognize the impact of individual differences on the counseling process. COUN611 Multicultural Foundations of Counseling
3. Human Growth and Development – Develop an understanding of the aspects of human growth and an appreciation for the nature of human development and its integration within the counseling process.  COUN510 Lifespan Development
4. Career Development – Develop an understanding of career development and related life factors and the effects on an individual’s mental health and lifestyle and the application within counseling. COUN616 Career Development Counseling
5.a. Counseling Theory – Gain significant knowledge of major counseling theories in the context of individual and group counseling and apply this knowledge to the counseling process. COUN610 Counseling Theory and Practice
5.b. Helping Relationships – Demonstrate effective individual and group counseling techniques which facilitate client growth and demonstrate the ability to evaluate progress toward treatment goals. COUN612 Counseling Techniques
6. Group Counseling – Develop both theoretical and experiential understandings of group process, development, dynamics, group counseling theories, methods, skills, and other group approaches. COUN614 Group Counseling
7. Assessment – Gain knowledge and skills in assessment techniques, including standardized instruments, interviewing, and suicide and risk of violence assessment, and apply concepts to individual and group appraisal. COUN613 Assessment in Counseling
8. Research and Program Evaluation – Develop the ability to read, critique, evaluate, and contribute to professional research literature. COUN505 Research in Counseling
9. Psychodiagnosis and Treatment Planning – Develop a working knowledge and skills of DSM psychodiagnosis and treatment planning, their ethical application, and influence on counseling practice.   COUN507 Diagnosis & Treatment Planning in CMHC
10. Psychopharmacology – Demonstrate a working knowledge and skills regarding psychoactive drugs’ beneficial and side effects, their ethical application and their effect on treatment and counseling practice. COUN508 Psychopharmacology for Counselors
11. Addictions – Gain knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment of individuals with addictive issues. COUN Substance Abuse Counseling
12. Family, Couples, and Marriage Counseling – Develop both theoretical and experiential understanding of systems-theory-based models to conceptualize and counsel the family/couples unit COUN Family and Couples Counseling
13. Crisis Intervention – Demonstrate effective knowledge and skills associated with counseling individuals who have experienced crisis situations and trauma. COUN Crisis & Trauma Intervention
14. Clinical Supervision – Gain knowledge and skills of clinical supervision theory and models, assessment and evaluation of supervisees, remediation and gatekeeping, and sociocultural, ethical, and legal aspects. COUN Counselor Supervision
15. Clinical Experience – Develop, through supervised practicum and internship experiences, integration of the knowledge and skills needed to provide competent counseling to clients who represent the sociocultural diversity of their community.

COUN700 Counseling Practicum;
COUN710 Counseling Internship 1; and
COUN711 Counseling Internship 2

16. Personal Growth and Understanding – Develop, through self-reflection and insight, an understanding of oneself and the use of self in the counseling process. Develop a personal approach to counseling and client advocacy with a clear understanding of counselor functions. COUN610 Counseling Theory and Practice; COUN612 Counseling Techniques;
COUN700 Counseling Practicum; and
COUN710 Counseling Internship 1 and COUN711 Counseling Internship 2
17. Engagement in Professional Organizations – Demonstrate participation through such activities as membership in organizations, attendance to conferences and events, advocating for the profession, etc. COUN600 Foundations & Ethics of Professional Counseling

18. Practitioner-Scholar Approach – Demonstrate the application of research methods and critical thinking skills through engagement in research independently, with other students, or in collaboration with other faculty, or in the presentation of research at scholarly events such as conferences.

COUN505 Research in Counseling; and through opportunities to participate in research activities and presentations at scholarly events.
19. Wellness and Resiliency Orientation – Develop awareness and skills that support the importance of self-care and resilience for students and clients.

COUN600 Foundations & Ethics of Professional Counseling; COUN700 Counseling Practicum; and COUN710 Counseling Internship 1 and COUN711 Counseling Internship 2


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